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My strong points are formulas and equations. And yet! I'm doing bad in trigonometry.

Some guidance would help me in my academic issues.

Thank you for those who took time reading my dilemma.

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My strong points are formulas and equations. And yet! I'm doing bad in trigonometry.

Some guidance would help me in my academic issues.

Thank you for those who took time reading my dilemma.

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Don’t try to be a great man, just be a man. . . --Zephren Cochrane Star Trek: First Contact

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Can anybody cheer me up? Has any physicist failed a math class and later on in life did very good on other math subjects.

My strong points are formulas and equations. And yet! I'm doing bad in trigonometry.

Some guidance would help me in my academic issues.

:rofl: :rofl: :rofl: lets see.. .1... 2... 3... yup, failed 3 math classes in college alone and i'm one of hte better mathematically inclined grad students in my department.

There are some BAD teachers out there. Plus there are some subjects that you just don't get the first time around or even the second but hopefully at some point, something will click or you'll find a good professor or your countless hours of studying will simply brute force the information into your brain :)

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It's that I don't understand why this damn professor wanted the classroom to do the homework on the book, yet he gives a different answer to any subject and the book does not clarify how we should answer the trig problem. I find it stupid and he is a bad teacher if he leaves out important examples that we must know.

If that's not the case, maybe I should quit and accept that I have no talent at anything. I'm sorry to vent off or go angry, but I think the education system in Florida sucks so much it can be compared to a prostitute giving oral. I' am happy that everyone reply my topic and I thank all of you who did.

If that's not the case, maybe I should quit and accept that I have no talent at anything. I'm sorry to vent off or go angry, but I think the education system in Florida sucks so much it can be compared to a prostitute giving oral. I' am happy that everyone reply my topic and I thank all of you who did.

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Looking back, the problem was that I never saw anything close to the 'big picture' in math until calculus. I say hang in there until then...

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After a few weeks, a lot of the trig is just second nature. It took a little bit of time to get up to speed, but it wasn't that hard to re-learn "on the fly," so to speak.

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Kaos86, the current semester may be a major development semester for you. Trigonometry is somewhat different from "Algebra 2". Before this, you did not study cyclic relationships and the two or more ways to represent cyclic information. You may currently be struggling with how to study Trigonometry. As frustrated as you are right now, you may be learning how to study Trigonometry, and you might not know this for another 2, 3, 5, or 6 more months.It's that I don't understand why this damn professor wanted the classroom to do the homework on the book, yet he gives a different answer to any subject and the book does not clarify how we should answer the trig problem. I find it stupid and he is a bad teacher if he leaves out important examples that we must know.

If that's not the case, maybe I should quit and accept that I have no talent at anything. I'm sorry to vent off or go angry, but I think the education system in Florida sucks so much it can be compared to a prostitute giving oral. I' am happy that everyone reply my topic and I thank all of you who did.

How is your Algebra? If it is basically good, then after you are done struggling with Trigonometry at the end of the semester, spend the whole summer studying it again, on your own, not attending the course. Then, enroll in it for the Autumn term to study officially for the second time. You should be able then to earn at least a grade of B.

You do not need to know many examples. Maybe the only "examples" you must know are the basic graphs of the functions AND graphs of their inverses. There are really no other examples which you must know. You must know the Unit Circle, for certain, and the common values of functions (sine and cosine) for certain common reference angles. You should know how to derive the angle addition and difference formulas for sine and for cosine. You must know the definitions of the trigonometric functions....if he leaves out important examples we must know.

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I agree with you isabelle. Hang in there kaos86. Calculus, especially coupled with Physics will be worth your struggles. Don't give up.

Looking back, the problem was that I never saw anything close to the 'big picture' in math until calculus. I say hang in there until then...

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Even if you don't remember them the day of your test, if you know how to derive them you should do fine.

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Don't feel ashamed, this kind of thing happens to most people.

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You surely will not get very far with that sort of attitude. The professor does not need to learn the material; you do. In the end, you will be the one getting the information you need, or not, as the case may be. Even if he does exactly nothing to help you (which would be fairly uncommon, but not impossible), it is still up to you to learn the material.

Your options at this point are to buckle down and learn the material, or to drop the class and try it again later. Blaming the teacher is simply childish and counter productive.

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Shouldn't this sentence read. "I really want to be a mathematician because I love math."I really want to be a physicist because I love math.

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It was even worse in trig. I got a C in high school trig - the worst grade I ever got in my life! - and took Calculus the next year in part to spite the trig teacher who I so loathed, and who told me that I was not capable of doing math.

I had to work very, very hard in calculus, but I got a 4 on the AP test. I majored in math and physics in college (sometimes things I hadn't learned popped up, but I filled in the holes). And strangely, I found that I am very good at abstract ideas and theorems, so I dominated my abstract algebra, linear algebra and differential geometry classes. I'm a decent math student now - I can hold my own. So, yes, there is hope. Don't give up. The thing is that math sometimes just takes a long time. You have to see it many times sometimes. The key is not to give up!! And never have too much pride to ask for help.

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I want to be a theoretical physicist {Theoretical physics employs mathematical models and abstractions of physics in an attempt to explain experimental data taken of the natural world. It has been compared to "being a composer on a world without sound ... throwing a bottle into the future, and if we do it right, future generations can use that information." Its central core is mathematical physics 1, though other conceptual techniques are also used.}Shouldn't this sentence read. "I really want to be a mathematician because I love math."

Source: Wikipedia.org.

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If you're going to become a physicist because you love math, you are going to be disappointed. I would suggest finding a better source than wikipedia to base your judgment on becoming a theoretical physicist.I want to be a theoretical physicist {Theoretical physics employs mathematical models and abstractions of physics in an attempt to explain experimental data taken of the natural world. It has been compared to "being a composer on a world without sound ... throwing a bottle into the future, and if we do it right, future generations can use that information." Its central core is mathematical physics 1, though other conceptual techniques are also used.}

Source: Wikipedia.org.

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You're right. I should not blame the professor. I should blame myself and those damn video games. I've been studying hard now. I've studied so hard that I usually go to sleep at 4:00 am in the morning. This class just built more character in my personality and help me be more serious in my career on Theoretical Physics.

You surely will not get very far with that sort of attitude. The professor does not need to learn the material; you do. In the end, you will be the one getting the information you need, or not, as the case may be. Even if he does exactly nothing to help you (which would be fairly uncommon, but not impossible), it is still up to you to learn the material.

Your options at this point are to buckle down and learn the material, or to drop the class and try it again later. Blaming the teacher is simply childish and counter productive.

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Sometimes one overlooks a simple statement & understands it in a wrong or not so correct form & repeats the same mistake time & time again without noticing it. it happens with soo many people. Don't get restless about it, just rethink what you are doing wrong.

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Really? There's no math involved in Theoretical Physics. Hmmm. This is very interesting.If you're going to become a physicist because you love math, you are going to be disappointed. I would suggest finding a better source than wikipedia to base your judgment on becoming a theoretical physicist.

Perhaps you should elaborate.

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No, absolutely not. I didn't do so hot either at trigonometry the first time around. Granted I passed, but it wasn't great. There is a lot of trig. in physics, so you'll have to pick it up. But if you're willing to work at it, you can still succeed in physics. If you keep failing math classes, then it might be best to look at your work ethics or realize maybe this isn't the field for you.

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Some people may need a double or even a triple exposue to some Math courses to be good with them (as tools). Then again, you should become skilled in at least the basics of Trigonometry through its use in the study of Physics. Same thing goes for what Math course come after Trigonometry - you must be willing to study things MORE.

No, absolutely not. I didn't do so hot either at trigonometry the first time around. Granted I passed, but it wasn't great. There is a lot of trig. in physics, so you'll have to pick it up. But if you're willing to work at it, you can still succeed in physics. If you keep failing math classes, then it might be best to look at your work ethics or realize maybe this isn't the field for you.

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Very true. I'd suggest taking classes at a community college rather than taking them at high school.

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